Thus, the technical writing embodied in these reports enabled panoptic surveillance, comparisons of operations to standards, corrections, rewards, efficient operations, the accumulation of capital, and the betterment of the human condition.
-- Bernadette Longo, Spurious Coin, 2000
…the panoptic metaphor of photography as a surveillance technology doesn't hold.
-- George Robertson, FutureNatural, 1996
First used in English in the early 1800s, panoptic comes from the Greek panoptos, which literally means "all-seeing."